NEW HAMPSHIRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
HODGDON FAMILY LETTERS
TWO LETTERS ON THE SAME SHEET
WRITTEN BY SARAH HODGDON1
#1 TO HER FATHER, ABNER HODGDON2
#2 TO HER MOTHER MARY HODGDON3
We gladly received a letter (or not worthy to be called a letter it
so small) from Elizabeth and likewise from Benjamin and mother. I
was plesed to here that you was well and get along so well in your
business. When you write again I want you to write a whole letter.
cant find words enough to fill a sheet of paper get some of your
neighbors to healp you. As you have given your concent beloved father
for me to come to this place I hope you will have no cause to be
sory. I want you to write me as soon as you can afford time to.
Don’t let this be seen.
Dearly beloved mother
I do not want this letter to trouble you that I wrote to you but I want
Wrtite to me what to do wether it is best to go to the Baptist or
To the Methodist. I feel well contented much better that I thoug
That I should. Give my love to all my friends. Tell little Johnny that
Have got his juiceharp and tell georgegy that I will bring him home
Something when I come home
1Sarah D. Hodgdon b: 1814, NH;
parents Abner and Mary
occupation 1830: Merrimack Company,
weaver and later
Great Falls Company, Great Falls, NH
NH; married Dec 1845 Rochester, NH;
William S. Jenness
b: 1815, Rochester, NH; his occupation:
1850-1870: Rchester, NH.
2Abner Hodgdon b: 1785, NH; occupation
Mary ---- b:
1788, NH; residence 1850: Rochester, NH.
3Mary ---- b: 1788, NH; married
Abner Hodgdon b: 1785, NH;
residence 1850: Rochester, NH.
To my deare father an mother an sister and all the rest
I want to se you more I think
Than I can write with pen an ink.
But when I shall I canot tell
But from my heart I wish you well.
I wish you well from all my heart
Although we are so far apart.
If you die there and I die here,
Before one God we shall appear4
4Also appears in Lowell Offering,
Series I, No. 2, 1841,
p. 125; “Familiar
Sketches, No. 2. The Fig Tree” by Ione
Lees (m. John F. Carney)]. Fiction considering
of disappointed love. At the story’s conclusion,
enters the Lowell mills.